Recently I read a few books surrounding habit forming in the digital age. The list includes Atomic Habits by James Clear, Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, and Indistractable by Nir Eyal. From this, my largest takeaway has been the importance of habits to create the life that I want to live. All of these books contain relevant, highly valuable material to learn in the digital age. …


It was a life long goal of mine to study a discipline I apparently knew nothing about.

As we grow up, a question that frequently comes our juvenile way is “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. More lingo in this standard child-adult interaction points to “follow your passion” and “do what you like”. I had little notion of how instrumental these youthful formalities would be in my life.

I knew I liked going to the beach. I knew I liked tide pools. I knew I liked the water. To me, this was enough to have a…


“Realize that you are simultaneously everything and nothing — and decide what you want to be”. -Ray Dalio, Principles

I grabbed my keys, headed out the door, and began my morning 5k run. I’m far from perfect as far as a workout routine goes, but I do like to begin my days with some movement. As I passed through the empty streets and fog, a thought that frequently crosses my mind introduced itself once more: “Why am I doing what I am doing?”.

I don’t just mean why am I going on runs, or why I am surrounding myself with…


I am lucky in numerous ways, and privileged in many others. I am young, live in a world with endless possibilities due to technology, have a high paying job, have loved ones influencing me, and have some friends to laugh with (just to name a few). Furthermore, I am white and male in a world that has and does often prioritize these factors in important aspects of life, such as those I attribute above to being so lucky for. Many of my friends who work in technology can say much of the above as well. Yet, it was just the…


Up until four months ago, school was all I had ever known. I graduated from the University of Washington in June with two STEM degrees, and during my time there, I was constantly greeted with expectations. They were always quite clear; homework is due at this time, the exam is set for this date, in order to pass the class you need this grade. At times they were limiting, and at others, they pushed my classmates and I. Once an expectation was reached, there was very little reason or motivation to reach beyond said expectation. …

Patrick Old

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